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Kauai Jews Welcome Returning Rabbi Aryeh Azriel

2017 August 25
by Jeff

Rabbi Aryeh Azriel

Kauai Jews and the Jewish Community of Kauai will again welcome guest Rabbi Aryeh Azriel for High Holidays 2017. Aryeh brings broad experience and incredible warmth as he and his wife Elyce join us from Omaha.

Rabbi Aryeh was selected in 2016 by the JCK board after a comprehensive search and the interviews of seven potential candidates by board members Carol Pescaia, Marty Kahn and Jeff Tucker. We are lucky indeed to welcome him back to lead this year’s services.

Rabbi Aryeh is currently a Scholar in Residence at Countryside Community Church where he will be offering a Jewish understanding of Hebrew Scriptures. He has also accepted a position of adjunct lecturer, at the University of Nebraska in Omaha, in the religion department.

Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Rabbi Aryeh served as Senior Rabbi at Omaha’s Temple Israel from 1988-2016. His many remarkable Jewish experiences also include:

  • Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha. Rabbi Aryeh has been a focal visionary of this globally unique project that will locate a synagogue, church and mosque together on one campus with a common desire to foster mutual understanding, respect and friendship.
  • Doctor of Divinity from Hebrew Union College, 2008.
  • Recipient of the Otto Swanson Spirit of Service Award in 1993.
  • 1997 recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. – Living the Dream Award, recognizing his continuing work on building cooperation with projects such as the Mitzvah Garden, Black/Jewish Dialogue and Habitat for Humanity.
  • Human Relations Award from the Omaha Education Association.
  • Associate Rabbi at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation in Baltimore, Maryland, until 1988.
  • Received his ordination and Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters in 1983 from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.
  • Counselor at OSRUI, a Reform Jewish summer camp in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, in 1973.

Articles about Rabbi Aryeh:

Reminder | Please Join Us For Shabbat Saturday August 26

2017 August 24
by Jeff

JCK shabbat

Services and Torah reading will be led by our own Rabbinical student Rob Kvidt who will be joined by JCK’s recent Bar Mitzvah Isaac Dubey.

The Jewish Community of Kauai will be sponsoring a sumptuous Mediterranean Oneg Shabbat following the service.  It is being catered by Sandy Jennings of Fresh from the Garden. A contribution of $25 per person for non dues-paying attendees is requested to help defray costs, and is sincerely appreciated.

Where: St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Hardy Street, Lihue. Map.

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017.

Time: 10:00 am.

For more information please contact us.

As a reminder, JCK needs sponsors for other Shabbat Onegs throughout the year. Please take part, as many levels of help and cost are available.

Reminder | Celebrate Abby Polzin’s Bat Mitzvah Saturday

2017 July 27
by Jeff

Abby Polzin Bat Mitzvah

Abby Polzin will be called to the Torah as Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, July 29, 2017. Abby’s family, including Kylie, Sally and Don Wilson and the Board of the Jewish Community of Kauai look forward to your attending.

A Kiddush luncheon prepared by Sandy Jennings, Fresh from the Garden will follow the services.

Please RSVP to Sally as soon as possible at (808) 821-0579.

  • Date: Saturday, July 29, 2017.
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Location:  St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Hardy Street, Lihue. Map.

We hope to see you!


Reminder | Isaac Dubey Bar Mitzvah Saturday

2017 June 28
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by Jeff

Isaac Kanoa Dubey Bar Mitzvah

It is with great JOY that Sara and Steve Dubey invite the JCK community to CELEBRATE their son Isaac Kanoa Dubey’s Bar Mitzvah.Isaac Dubey

  • Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017.
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Location:  St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Hardy Street, Lihue. Map.

We hope you can join us!

Updated Kauai Jewish Calendar of Events

2017 June 12
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by Jeff

ancient menorah

We look forward to welcoming all community members and guests at our upcoming services.


There will be no Shabbat service this month.


1 – Isaac Dubey Bar Mitzvah at 10 am.

29 – Abby Wilson Bat Mitzvah at 10 am. Led by Marty Kahn.


26 – Shabbat Service at 10 am. Led by Rob Kvidt, Student Rabbi.


High Holidays. Services will be led again this year by Rabbi Aryeh Azriel. More information to follow soon.

20 – Erev Rosh Hashanah Service at 6 pm.

21 – Rosh Hashanah Service at 10 am.

23 – Shabbat Shuvah at 10 am.

29 – Kol Nidre Service at 6 pm.

30 – Yom Kippur Service at 10 am.

Reminder: Sophia Rose Riley Bat Mitzvah

2017 June 5
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by Jeff

Riley Bat Mitzvah

We are happy to invite JCK congregants to the Bat Mitzvah of Sophia Riley on Thursday June 8, 2017 at St. Michael’s in Lihue. All are welcome at the service. Following the service will be a catered luncheon to which you are also invited. Please RSVP for the luncheon to 808-346-5388. Questions? You may also contact Dale Rosenfeld 808-639-0283.

Ceremony will be from 10AM-12PM at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Hardy Street, Lihue. Map.

Catered luncheon to follow in Parish Hall from 12PM-2PM. Reservations needed.